Standing O is back and cheering Brooklyn on!

Going above and beyond: The Hospitality and Food Service staff, led by director Victor Williams, served up goodies to the residents throughout the storm.

Manhattan Beach

Not howling winds, pelting rain, nor ravaging surges kept these hospitality hounds from serving up gourmet goodies to the staff and residents at the Menorah Center. The hospitality team, Annis Stewart, Judy Smith, Yelena Grinberg, Iroda Jean, Marion Smith, Dawn Smart, Roxann Toney, Ylesha Yates, Euphovia Carre, Ingrid Hercules, Richard West, Ronald Reed, Margaret Agard and Madeline Olivio, led by director Victor Williams braved the elements and beat Sandy down by keeping everyone well fed.

“While Hurricane Sandy was storming into Manhattan Beach, our extraordinary staff of hurricane heroes treated our patients and residents to a near-typical day of activities, delicious food, and culinary delights,” said Menorah Center spokeswoman Audrey Waters.

It’s better than green eggs and ham, says Standing O I am.

Menorah Center [1516 Oriental Blvd. in Manhattan Beach; (718) 646–4441].

Bay Ridge

Techno craze

Three cheers for the newly renovated computer lab at Lutheran Elementary School. The lab was unveiled at the beginning of the school year.

State-of-the-art laptops with the newest, bestest software are used by the staff that has re-tooled its teaching approach to meet the advanced needs of a techno future.

“The technology is allowing our teachers to merge diverse subjects while making them relevant to the real-world that students face as they move on in higher education,” said Lorraine Tuccillo, principal at the school. “It all started with a new teacher.”

Imagine that. Artist Janet Cerutti helped create the vision for the school’s new technology and visual arts program.

“For our younger grades we have the very popular KidPix and we also start to teach typing in first grade,” Standing O buddy Janet told us. “It’s going to be cool.”

Hey, it was never that cool when Standing O went to school.

Lutheran Elementary School [440 Ovington Ave. at Fourth Avenue in Bay Ridge, (718) 748–9502].

Borough Wide

Hurricane relievers

Standing O wants to remind everyone that giving always gets a Standing O!

Three Cheers to the Norwegian Christian Home and Health Center. The staff has been collecting donations to help out those affected by Hurricane Sandy.

But the job isn’t done yet and more supplies are needed. Call Standing O pal Francesca LaRosa for a list of items that are desperately needed.

Norwegian Christian Home & Health Center [1250 67th St. at 12th Avenue in Dyker Heights, (718) 306–8386].

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The Brooklyn Recovery Fund is a joint effort of the Brooklyn Community Foundation, Office of the Brooklyn Borough President, (Marty is our man), and the Brooklyn Chamber of Commerce.

Visit www.brooklynrecoveryfund.org; e-mail development@bcfny.org; or call (718) 246–6886 to get the 411 you need to make a donation or volunteer your time.

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Brooklyn Tap is on tap and helping out: on Mondays through Wednesdays, 4 pm to 1 am; Thursday and Friday, 4 pm to 4 am, Saturday, noon to 4 am, and Sunday noon to 1 am the Brooklyn Tap House will donate $1 from every beer sold to the Red Cross Hurricane Sandy Relief fund in its Help Rebuild Brooklyn Campaign. To date, more than $1,000 has been earmarked.

That is some serious brew. PS: free WiFi is available.

Brooklyn Tap House [590 Myrtle Ave. at Classon Avenue in Clinton Hill, (917) 202–1801; www.brooklyntaphouse.com]

Coney Island

Snip, snip, hooray!

As if it’s not beautiful enough, The New York Aquarium amped up its beauty appeal when it unveiled the Mural on the Wall at a whoop-de-doo ribbon-cutting ceremony on Oct. 24.

The beautiful mural is comprised of hand-made tiles lovingly crafted by members of the Frederick Douglass Senior Center, Sheepshead Nostrand Community Center, and A Space for Art-JASA Senior Alliance Senior Center. Artist Jennifer Wade led the workshops where lobsters, star fish, octopi and visions of the briny deep were forever immortalized on ceramic tiles.

New York Aquarium [602 Surf Ave. at W. Eighth Street in Coney Island, (718) 265–3474].

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A ceramic tile mural — made at workshops led by Jennifer Wade at homeless, community, and senior centers — was unveiled at the New York Aquarium on Oct. 24.
Photo by Steve Solomonson

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